NaNoWriMo 2014 Day One

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NaNoWriMo is upon us!

Day One is not quite over yet, but I didn’t want to wait until 11:59 to post this so here it is!

How are you all doing so for? How is your day one going? Did you reach your word goal yet?

I don’t really set daily word goals for myself, it’s mostly just write until I can’t feel my fingers, take a break, then write some more. The only goal I really have is writing more than 1,666 words on Day One. As the average number of words required per day is approximately 1,666 I always try to get more than that one the first day. Which I did.

As of this moment that I’m posting this I have 6,819 words.

I started at midnight last night and wrote until about 1:30am and then got up this morning and kept going. It’s crazy because I did NaNo last year and didn’t write this many words on the first day.

My novel this year is a Young Adult/Dystopian/Fantasy which, aside from the YA aspect, is totally new territory for me. I’ve never written a dystopian or a fantasy so this is pretty crazy and I have no clue what I’m doing, but that makes it a lot of fun.

If you’d like to hear more about my NaNo experiences as the month goes on you can click on the links below for my Twitter and Facebook where I’ll be posting my daily word count each night and random things that happened that day.

I’ll also be uploading a post every Saturday about that week of NaNo with updates on word count, weekly happenings, and maybe even a quote or two.

 

I want to hear from you! What is your book about? Are you having a good NaNo 2014 so far?

 

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Brave Young Boys: Prologue

I reached 100 followers on my blog (now 114! You’re amazing!) and 200 followers on Twitter! So I’m celebrating by posting the prologue to my novel Brave Young Boys. Thank you so much to everyone who has followed and you can find out more about Brave Young Boys here.

Prologue

October 6, 2013

The rain fell in a steady downpour as the limo pulled into the gates of the church, the gravel crunching audibly beneath the tires. The car carrying the family pulled up behind the limo as the minister walked down the steps, umbrella in hand, to greet them. Stepping out of the car, Aimee was oblivious to the fact that her outfit was slowly becoming soaked through. Her husband stepped out behind her and opened their umbrella, holding it over Aimee’s head. The fresh October air bit at her face, but she didn’t seem to notice that either.
“Come on,” her husband said gently, “It’s time to go inside.” They walked up the steps and Aimee paused at the entrance to the church to turn back and watch as the men pulled the casket out the back of the limo.
“Mom,” her daughter said, “Mom we need to go sit down.” She turned back around and followed her family into the church. Taking their seats at the front, Aimee looked around. The church was full of people, many of whom were in uniform. She was actually surprised by the amount of people there considering they hadn’t advertised the funeral in any of the local papers. All of this was hard enough to deal with without the whole town knowing. She saw her sister, brother-in-law, niece, and nephew sitting in the pew across from theirs and her sister gave a small wave of greeting that Aimee did not return.
Music began playing and everybody stood as several more men in uniform entered the church, carrying the casket between them. They set it down at the front where it was surrounded by flowers.
Something grabbed the sleeve of her coat and she looked down to see it was Nathan. He was crying. She put her arm around her thirteen year old son, trying to draw comfort from the fact that he was still here with her. But she wasn’t sure if the closeness did much for either of them. Aimee looked around and saw a lot of people were crying. Not the men in uniforms though, they weren’t crying. They had no expression at all.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” the minister began and Aimee turned back to the front, “We are here today to the honour the too short life of a brave young boy…”

When the ceremony was over, everyone in attendance made their way outside. The rain continued to fall and the mud made the ground slippery beneath their feet. Nathan nearly fell over twice, and would have done had it not been for his sister grabbing his arm and keep him upright. Everyone gathered around and stood in silence as the casket was brought closer. As they lowered it into the ground, the music started again. She watched the soldiers line up and raise their guns in the air, firing three shots as the casket was lowered further into the ground.
Wait, no, they couldn’t do this. BANG! He was only eighteen, he couldn’t be gone now. BANG! He wasn’t gone, why were they holding a funeral for someone who wasn’t dead? BANG!
“No,” she whispered and her husband looked at her, “No please, not my son… Not Kyler…”

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One Lovely Blog Award

yaymeSo, I was nominated for the One Lovely Blogger Award by Theodora Zheng. Not totally sure what that means or how this works, but I haven’t had this blog for very long and I thought it was pretty cool.

So the rules for the nominees are to:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
  • Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post.
  • Share 7 facts/or things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform the nominees by commenting on their blog

1) Thank you to Theodora Zheng for the nomination. I love your writing, I think your poetry is absolutely amazing and the fact that you noticed my blog amazes me so thanks so much!

2) Yup

3) Seven facts/things about myself:

  • I have a puppy named Frankie
  • I didn’t like video games when I was younger, but I started playing them more a couple years ago (Mostly Zelda and Marvel)
  • When I was in first grade me and my friend dressed as Batman and Robin for Halloween, I was Robin and my friend (who was a foot shorter) was Batman
  • I wanted to be a doctor for several years before I realized that would mean I actually needed to be good at science
  • I recently started watching The Walking Dead and Lost
  • For my first summer job I was a sample person at a grocery store
  • My favourite number 4

4) I nominate:

Planning for NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMoHappy October everyone! October means many different things, Thanksgiving (in some places), Halloween, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and the final month before NaNoWriMo. Now, some people prefer to jump into NaNoWriMo headfirst without any planning. This is what I did last year. However, some like to have some idea of what they’re going to be writing about. This is what in doing this year and this is why October can be a very important month to NaNoWriMo participants.

Planning your novel for NaNoWriMo can mean many different things. Some writers plan chapter for chapter, some map out the general plot, others create their characters and go from there. But how do you start?

Well, everyone starts their planning in much the same way: confused and not totally sure where they’re going with their idea. Depending on which method you choose, you may actually stay in this web of confusion for some time. Planning chapter for chapter may sound like it would be the easiest method, and I’m sure when all is said and done and you have the plan laid out in front of you it’s great. But reaching that point can actually be difficult. For my novel this is the main method I’m using and as great as it is it can be hard when you get stuck at a certain point and don’t know how to move forward. Sometimes you have chapters 1-10 done and you know what you want to happen in say, chapters 15-20, but what about 11-14? What happens then? What do you do when you don’t know where to go with your story? Well this is where the other methods of planning can help.

If you map out some of your characters or maybe even your setting, sometimes they can speak to you. The more you know about your characters, the more you know about their motivations and this can help move the plot along even when you don’t really know where it’s going. Of course, the important thing to remember here is that NaNoWriMo is about sitting down and writing. You don’t need to have the entire thing planned out. The truth is, even if you plan and plan and plan, stuff in your story is inevitably going to change.

So what do you think? Are you going to be doing NaNoWriMo this year? How are you getting ready?

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The Power of Words

imageHave you ever read something that changed your life? You connected with it and it made you feel something so powerful that you can’t remember how things were before.

Words can do that. They can change the way you think; they can change the way you feel; they can change you. Words are probably one of the most powerful tools we have. Sure, money is great, power is great, technology is great. But not everyone has money, power, and technology. But even without these things, if you have words then you have so much more.

As a writer it still amazes me that everything I do is just different combinations of 26 letters. That on their own these words don’t mean much, but put together they have the ability to influence something. Words can literally change how a person sees something.

Imagine you’re reading a book and you see: ‘The girl was mad.’ Alright, but how mad is she? Change it to: ‘The girl was furious’ or ‘The girl was livid’ and you suddenly get a much clearer image of the girl. Even without describing what she actually looks like, it is much easier to picture someone ‘furious’ or ‘livid’ rather than ‘mad’. By changing one word you have changed the entire meaning and given the reader more to think about: Why is she furious? What made her so livid?

Words can change everything. They have the power to influence you and those around you. Without words the world would be an incredibly dull place.

Have you ever read anything that changed you?

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I would just like to say thank you to Robin Williams. Growing up, his films were a huge part of my childhood and the Dead Poet’s Society changed me. His performance in this film forever changed the way I think about literature and the way I write. May he rest in peace.

Hello Interweb!

6779e3dd178c8f23ff332fe879270dcaGrowing up, I spent a lot of time reading. I remember my favourite childhood books, the first chapter book I read on my own, and the novels that have stayed with my even now. My love for reading helped to develop my love for writing. I write short stories, poetry, fanfiction, and am currently editing and redrafting my first novel.

I am hoping to use this blog to share the things I learn about writing and talk about books I’m reading as well as other things I might feel like talking about. For now, I will introduce myself a bit.

  • My name is Jen
  • I am a freelance writer
  • I write fanfiction (see links below)
  • My favourite colour is purple
  • I have a puppy named Frankie
  • I like listening to music when I write
  • I spend a lot of time procrastinating by watching TLC…
  • …And watching anything Marvel related
  • My favourite band is R5
  • I am an ice capp addict
  • I love reading and am currently reading the first Game of Thrones novel

I’m sure there will be more at a later date, but for now that’s all I have. I’m not sure how often I will post things, but I’m thinking of trying for every week.

 

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